CUNY School of Medicine Associate Dean Named ELAM Fellow

Dr. Lisa Auerbach, MD, MS, HPEd, who serves as the Associate Dean for Clinical Medical Education at the CUNY School of Medicine, was recently named a fellow by The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine and for its new initiative, Executive Leadership in Health Care (ELH).

According to ELAM, it “is the only longitudinal program in North America dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in schools of medicine, dentistry, public health, and pharmacy. The prestigious program is dedicated to developing the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today’s complex healthcare environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions.” The ELAM program has been developed for senior women faculty at the associate or full professor level who demonstrate the greatest potential for assuming executive leadership positions at academic health centers within the next five years. The ELH program is specifically designed for senior-level women leaders interested in advancing in hospitals and health care systems to leadership positions such as CEO and CMO.

ELAM Fellows are expected to conduct an Institutional Action Project, designed to address organizational needs and priorities. Dr. Auerbach’s project is entitled Supporting Student Success in a Mission-Driven Medical School. “I am incredibly grateful and honored to have been selected as an ELAM fellow for the current academic year,” says Dr. Auerbach. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to establish a structure for faculty and staff to support our outstanding students in achieving their personal goals and the School’s mission to improve health equity.”

Dr. Auerbach was nominated for the fellowship program by CUNY School of Medicine Dean Carmen R. Green, MD. “Dr. Auerbach has been a strong advocate for advancing women’s careers in medicine, particularly important at our school where approximately 64% of the student body identifies as female,” said Dr. Green. “Her tremendous experience and specialized training make her a perfect fit for the ELAM fellowship program.”

Dr. Auerbach completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Montefiore Hospital. After a 20-year career as an internist and clinician educator at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, she completed a Master’s in Health Professions Education at the MGH Institute for Health Professions Education in 2015. Soon after, she joined the faculty at the CUNY School of Medicine, a BS-MD program in Harlem where she was part of the team that developed the pre-clerkship and clerkship programs, first as a course director and then as Assistant Dean for Clinical Curriculum. Her interests include the development and assessment of medical school curricula. Her scholarly work focuses on bias in assessment and mastering adaptive learning. The CUNY School of Medicine, established in 2016, currently has provisional accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Dr. Auerbach serves as the LCME faculty lead responsible for managing the LCME work group and overseeing the submission of documents to the LCME, leading to full accreditation status.

Please click this link to learn more about the ELAM program.

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